In this First Concert Ever segment, Trevor Howard, of the punk rock band, The Lungs, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first concert I ever saw was Silverchair at Slim’s in San Francisco on March 30th, 1999. I was a huge fan at the time and their album Neon Ballroom had been released earlier that month. We were so stoked on the new record so the anticipation and excitement were at an all-time high. I don’t remember who opened and it doesn’t even matter.
Slim’s is a pretty small venue and I’m a pretty short dude. So I scoped out a spot on the staircase near the front-of-house booth. Finally, the lights went out and they went straight into the first song on the record called Emotion Sickness. I remember being blown away cuz that song is like six minutes and it’s super heavy. At some point, the singer and guitar player, Daniel Johns, threw out a couple of guitar picks and one of the women working there must’ve caught it and she gave it to me! I was so stoked. I guess she took pity on me for being so short.
The entire set ripped, I was suffering from a stoke blackout the whole show so it’s hard to recall everything. Looking back I’m grateful that was my first show. Out in the city late on a weeknight with my Pops and my brother seeing my favorite band? It doesn’t get better than that!
(photo credit: Ben Zucker)